Old Novell Mercantile


Old Novell Mercantile

   136 E. Jefferson was built around 1892 on the land of William Walker, early Hayden homesteader.  In 1895 James L. Norvell walked to Hayden from Rawlins with a bedroll and $3.00 in his pocket.  He opened a mercantile around 1897, installing one of the first of three telephones in all of Routt county.  He later opened a bar at the side of the store.  Norvell sold his interest in the mercantile in 1916 and later this portion of the business closed in 1933.  The business converted to a café and bar combination and a beautiful antique hand carved bar (originally from Germany) was added to the interior.  This building is home to Colorado’s oldest place of business in continual operation.

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